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A SATURDAY NIGHT SCENE AT LLANRWST. CHARGE OF ASSAULTING THE POLICE. A STRUGrGnLE IN DENBIGH-STRESS. At the Liamrwst Petty Sessions an Satur- day, before Messrs H. J. W. Watlitng (pre- siding), L. W. Jelf-Petit, W. B. Halliead, John Black wail, Colonial Hogwn, Major Prid-die, W. Hughes, and J. R. Williaans, Edward Jones, Scotlamdrstreet, was chatged. with being- drank and drisordcriy on Saturday, November 26th, and assaulting Polioe Con- stables Owen and Williams. Mr Porter prosecuted cm behalf of the police, amd Mr W. Twi-gge Elli« diofien<ted. P.C. R. H. Owen said -that between eight and nine p.m. om the date = question lie saw I th3 defendant coming up Denbigh-street drunk. Defendant entered the Red Lion Hotel, and witaees and P.C. Williams fol- lowed with the intention, of drawing the licenc&e's attention to the dcafeadant'e con- diftion, but the landlord h-ad already refused to serve him, amd ordered him off the pre- mises. Defendant resianted their interference and commetnced. to abuse W iiliams and wit- ness. A large crowd aseemibfed, so the de- fendaart was taken into custody. Defendant commenced to struggle and kick. Witness was tripped, and fell, amd on rising he was kicked in the face by defendant, who also kicked P.-C. WiZlioans. Defetndant struggled oil the way to the police station, and P.C. Williams and witness had also to keep at bay a hostile crowd. Witness' face was covered with blood and nrud, and ihe was Weeding profusely; ihis uniform, as wieul as that of P.C. Williams, was also in the saano condition. Cross-ex amimed, Witness denied ha-ving shaken defendatirt violently. He asked de- fendant to go home. By the time thev were j opposite Liverpool House the greatest part of the etrugg-e was over. Defendant kicked 2.11 tho way to the police station. He denied that he was cruel to defendant. P.C. Williams gave corroborative evidence, and said that the crowd interfered. He saw P.C. Owen kicked by defendant three fcmos in the faoo CL-S well as on the body. ituess was also kicked saver a,1 times. Both their uniforms were covered, with mud and d-lit. In cross-examination, Witness said that de- fend-anit was Ttary vkx.ent. P.C. Owen did Tho-t PTtsh tho def-endamt when he came out of >the Red Lictn. No iundue violence was exercised by Owens and witness. Inspector Wysa said that wheal defendant imt wu.3 'brougiut to the police station a big hostile üroWíd J,1Jd followed. The defendiaoit was staggering drunk. Both officers charged him with assa-uit. Defendant remarked, "It v, jjj a drop of drink, but I am not very <tri.ak, am I?" P.C. Owen's face was covered vÙh mud aæJd Mood; hotli officers were oo-v-c-Tod with mud. There was not a sign of VLCL.mee on the dtftfeodant except that his coat was torn and damaged, and he male no co:npiainJt. Defendant s wife callcd tha fol- lowing morning, -and in reply to a question put by hex the defendroit said there was ag the matter with his arm. She asked himi if she o-v.i-'d get a s-clicitor for him, and he replied, "No, it is not worth while; I can get on quite as well without one" (laughter). He then said he was g-ouag to 1 the magi&- trates that one of the officers struck him while in tho cell, and that he would plead guilty. There was no truth in that state- ment wutrA-«s was in the cell all tha time the oineors were there-. Croa=«exa,mined, Witness said it was a verv dirty n-iight, and the streets were ali-o very dLity. ywiHidis on P.C. Owen's fao,- "were not of -a serious nature. Alice Bickers, New Inn, deposed that the defendant erjied t-hcze on the cvcn,:(n.<r in question. He was drunk and was not served Ilencry P'lunb. licensee of the Rod Lion Hotel, I D37O J defendant came to iiis house between 8.50 <tind 9 p.m., but ih^ told. Ihini to out L>o- fore he had time to ask for a drinl- ° The con- stable then came in and asked defendant to go cut, and ho wojit. ° Mr J. Jenkins, Watling-s|rret, said he heard a ,ro,w on the evening of November 26th. ard went out to see what ir. was, and saw the two constables and the ae-tenoant on the ground He however, oould not see what they were doin^ •unul they got up. Defendant then was kicking viojentav. The constables, as far as he could see, did not umore forco than was neoeasary Cws.s-exami.ne4 8u> said he did not see the de- fondant, str;ko* or kick tlio- oon^tvibJcs R. D. Richards, Denbigh-street, said he saw the, two constables and the defendant on tihe gTonnd. Fix latter was struggling, and the oonsta-o:es wero trying to get him up. Defend- ?>nr< 0,v\c", on t'11'0 no* He also saw I X Y> iiliuiiia -helmet go oil. The constables did not uso more foroo than was necessarv DEFENDANTS VERSION OF THE AFFAIR. rbe Defendant, on oath, said tha.t on Sat-ur- <tay, Governl»r 23th, he had a little drink. Tha constables came to the Red Lion, and ho' went out at once and stopped on the pavement They came out -and pushed him off. He askNl them why they we no- pushing him, and they pushed him tb ec- trmes when ho fell to the ground. P.C. Owen then knelt, on his cheat and he push- ed him away. He could not kick in trie petition ho was in. Tho officers hurt his arm when pu;itn.g him up, ,and they also had twisted ibis finger. Ho did nor deliberately kick any of the polioe. If he had touched Owen in the face it was an aocident. Croes^xajnined, Defendant said he did not know 'bow Owen- got the cuts on his face. When his wife enquired about- hia a,rill he did not liko to tel about it for fear of frightening her Ho was not too drunk to take his boots off and he did not. know why the constable had removed tiho HI for him. Ellon Jones, the defendant's wife, said she went to Denbigh street on the occasion in question and saw her husband on tho ground with Owen on his chtf.it, and the other constable bv his side Ihere was a crowd there at the time.* She told Owen that ue; endaort was her husband, and ap- pealed to him to let hor take him home. Some 0110 in the crowd cried "shame." She went home as she could not bear to soe her husband taken to the lock-up. Mrs Maggie Davies, Scotland-street, said she saw the defendant coming out of the Red Lion to do wed by the constables, when P.C. Owen pushed him towards his (defendant's) home. De- fendant fell, and Owen had his knees on has chest She did not soe Owen kicked, but the defendant's foot were up as he was struggling for breath, while the people shouted "shame." She did not soe P.C. Williams' helmet kicked off his bead. Tomkmson, Scotland st reet, said she saw the defendant in the porch of the Red Lion. P.C. Owen told him to go home. Defendant replied, "In a minute." Owen asked him three times, and he replied that he was waiting for someone. He then went outside, and stood on the pavement. Owen went up to him, and touched him on the chest. The defendant slipped off tho pavement and fell, both the constables standing over him. The defendant shouted, and a huge crowd gathered. She did not sea what transpired afterwards. R. Berry, Denbigh-street, said he heard a row out.s.idc his shop, and went out and saw the de- fendant on the ground trying to get into the Red Lion, while P.C. Owen was pushing him away from it. The defendant's foct were swing- ing in the air, but witness did not see him kick anyone. Tho crowd wero shouting out "shame," lie thought the constables were using more force than was necessary; they ought to have been able to take him away without all the struggling. The defendant was fined la and costs for being drunk and disorderly, and one month's imprison-1 ment in each of the two cases of assaulting the j police, the sentences to run concurrently. OBSTRUCTING THE POLICE. Arising out of the same case Hugh Thomas. l Scotlajid-stroet, was charged with obstructing the k viola ia tha oi their damm.

TUESDAY'S HEARING.

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